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Robert Boyd

Lecturer, Internship Director: School of Business
South Hall 102
Robert Boyd
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Mr. Boyd’s extensive experience in business and industry has enabled him to bring to his finance courses keen problem-solving skills developed during his 30-plus years in accounting and financial management.

He has seen monumental changes in business since his days as an executive at HSBC Bank, most notably in how technology has transformed the business world in such a short time period. The fundamentals he mastered, however, remain intact and are the most important thing he brings to his students.

“When I attended school, we just learned facts that professors provided,” he says. “Today, because of the speed of learning and fast business growth fueled by technology, students need more than facts, which are now readily available online. They need to know how to apply that information, how to use facts to think critically, to analyze, to plan and organize, to make decisions, to be part of a team. Those are skills employers are looking for. Students will hold jobs in the future that aren’t even invented yet, which will require those broad-based, time-tested skills.”

Boyd has applied those skills many times over during his career. At HSBC, he was involved in developing internal accounting processes for executive decision-making and later oversaw 55 branches in the Rochester area with 60 direct reports and managed the bank’s retail and small commercial business lines as well as wealth management.

“The direct experience of hiring, managing, community engagement and many other obligations gave me an abundance of knowledge that I continue to bring to the classroom,” he says. 

Before entering the banking industry, Boyd was in public accounting and applied those skills in working with small businesses and in advancing at HSBC. 

“Accounting is the language of business,” he says. “To this day, I advise all business students to obtain a solid foundation in accounting. I wouldn’t have been able to do what I’ve done without it.”

Boyd’s experience as director of the HSBC Quality Training Institute helped grease the skids for his entry into teaching finance at Geneseo. He loves working with students and guiding them toward successful careers, especially those who are aggressive about learning. He works one-on-one with more than 100 students per semester as Director of the School of Business Internship Program. 

He particularly enjoys advising the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF), an organization in which students trade real securities. Much of SMIF’s work is done in the school’s Edward Pettinella ’73 Trading Room, an applied learning lab providing students with real-time trading experience through state-of-the-art technology.

“Our Trading Room makes real what we’re doing in finance,” says Boyd. “It provides an environment for students to be successful.”

Boyd advises his students to embrace continuous learning and improvement and to build relationships.

“You have to learn quickly and keep learning,” he says. “Look for opportunities through building relationships with alumni, faculty and fellow classmates. More jobs are obtained from relationship-building than any other form.”

Outside of Geneseo, Boyd applies his financial expertise to numerous community and charitable organizations. 

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    Professional Business Experience

    HSBC Bank USA 

    • Senior Vice President & District Executive
    • Director of Quality Training Institute and Quality Advisor
    • Financial analyst, Strategic and Financial Plan Development, Accounting Policies and Procedures Development

    CPA Private Practice

    • Numerous small business clients
    • Controller of small oil and gas company

    Professional Interests

    • The Director of Interns works with students to develop strategies for obtaining strategies and building skills.
    • Mr. Boyd also coaches the Adirondack Cup Challenge team.
    • Economic Development, Financial Planning and Analysis, and Process Management
    • Community and Economic Development
    • Fusion Analysis for Eduities
    • Organizational Change

    More About Robert

    Curriculum Vitae


    • B.S.B.A., SUNY Fredonia

    • M.S., Rochester Institute of Technology

    • CPA


    • ACCT 103: Intro to Managerial Accounting

      An introduction to managerial accounting theory and practice. Emphasis is given to managerial accounting concepts; cost-volume-profit relationships; job, process, and absorption costing; budgeting; standard costs and variance analysis; price level changes; and the use of managerial accounting information in decision-making.

    • MGMT 300: Organizational Behavior

      A study of theories of organizational culture, behavior, and design. This course will focus upon individual behavior within groups and organizations; leadership and decision-making within organizations; organizational culture and design; group dynamics, total quality, and demographic diversity issues within organizations; and various macro-environmental influences on organizations, e.g. technology, ethical issues, global considerations, and environmental demographic diversity.